The Falconer's Knot

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review

Romance, art, monasticism and murder in Umbria, 1316. Hoffman has specialised in creating atmospheric historical novels, filled with intrigue, and the latest effectively recreates the degree to which religion infused medieval life.

Silvano and Chiara are teenagers driven from their homes by danger and cruelty, and each seeks refuge in neighbouring religious communities.

Here they encounter a succession of murders, which they attempt to solve before themselves becoming victims. They also encounter Martini and Lorenzetti, fresco painters working in Assissi.

Readers learn much about their art and techniques, as well as the monastic calling and life, compared with the city and country existence of the time.Hoffman creates an absorbing, informative and exciting murder mystery, peopled with plausible and engaging characters.

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